Activision Blizzard has become the latest company to release their financial results for the previous quarter of the year and they have revealed that their Call of Duty franchise isn’t doing as well as they’d hoped. Not only are sales of Call of Duty: Vanguard lower than expected, the number of players engaged in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific has also fallen. This meant Activision’s net revenues were down 10% and their net bookings were down 18%, although net revenues were up 11%.
COD: Vanguard’s sales are disappointing
Call of Duty: Vanguard’s sales during the early months of its release are lower than COD Black Ops Cold War’s during the same period of its life, both for console and PC. Call of Duty: Warzone player count has also fallen compared to the same time frame in the previous fiscal year, although they are still ahead of the game’s March 2020 launch window. The only save for the franchise was Call of Duty Mobile. continues to do incredibly well with players spending over $1 billion on the game by 2021.
Activision hopes to revive the franchise with next year’s offerings. Call of Duty 2022, reportedly Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, is in development at Infinity Ward, with the studio also leading development on Warzone during the same period. Activision said “the team is working on the most ambitious plan in franchise history, with industry-leading innovation and a broad appeal Franchise Institution”.
Both Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are currently struggling, although season two has been postponed to February 14 to allow the developers to fix other issues in the games. With that content creeping closer and closer to release, leaks are starting to pop up about what that content might include. In a Tweet from the well-known leaker ZestyCODleaks, alleged promotional art and in-game images from season two show a large map implying that a large-scale mode along the lines of Ground War may be coming soon.
Three new operators supposedly arriving in Season 2 are named Anna, Gustavo, and Thomas, while three new weapons that have already been identified are the Colt-Browning M1895 “Potato Digger” LMG, the Knorr Bremse MG35, and the Armaguerra OG-43 SMG. All of the above artwork has since been removed due to DMCAs. As usual, however, you should take these rumors with a grain of salt.
In other news, Nintendo has confirmed that they will not be entering an arms race for acquisitions with Microsoft and Sony, preferring to invest in their own first-party titles. Elsewhere, a Bloodborne PSX demake has proved extremely popular with over 100,000 downloads in just 24 hours.